December 18, 2014
Opposition chorus calls VP to step down
Opposition has not taken long to step up their pressure on Amado Boudou now that Judge Ariel Lijo decided to trial him in the Ciccone Calcográfica high-profile case, urging the vice president to "leave" office and rallying efforts to put the vice president to face an impeachment trial.
Radical Party MP and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s ex second-in-command Julio Cobos – considered by Kirchnerites a “traitor” following his support of anti-government farming sectors that staged a massive 2008 lockout -, Judge Lijo’s grounds in its prosecution order were “enough to put Boudou to face an impeachment trial,” calling the vice president to step down.
“If (Amado Boudou) does not leave (the government), the Radical Party’s decdision and mine in particualar is to joing lawmakers that want to start an impeachment trial,” he told reporters today.
Another Radical Party leader Ernesto Sanz agreed with Cobos although he explained the opposition has not enough parliamentary influence to pave the way for the process, as two thirds of votes are needed to clear the impeachment trial. Furthermore, the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration controls both houses of Congress.
“Vice President Amado Boudou should ask for a leave to stop causing more damage to the government. If he does not do so, (President) Cristina Fernández should ask him to do it,” Radical Party deputy Ricardo Alfonsín said joining the position of Cobos and Sanz.
In the meantime, FAP coalition MP Margarita Stolbizer pointed out Judge Lijo “talks clearly about corruption in his ruling.” “Therefore, there are no more grounds to keep (Boudou) in his position,” she affirmed.
“The government must get rid of this man. This man can not be representing us. He is doing wrong not only to the government but to the country,” Stolbizer assured while PRO party lawmaker Laura Alonso warned Boudou’s continuity in office “affects the Congress and the Executive Power.”